A stunning and rare example of a crinoid fossil of the species Pentacrinites fossilis from the world-famous Jurassic Coast beach of Charmouth, Dorset UK.
The fossil measures 240 mm (9.5 inches) across at its widest point and is up to 37 mm thick, making it huge for this fossil type. The fossil is very well preserved with multiple animals present with stems running across the piece with huge golden attachment cirri (the tentacle-like features) displayed nicely. These are some of the biggest and best preserved cirri we have seen. There are also two partial heads preserved in good detail. It is preserved in limestone with a thin layer of pyrite on the surface giving it a golden metallic shine. I found this one in multiple pieces and repaired it back together, as is standard with these fossils. The reverse of the fossil has hundreds of star-shaped stem ossicles preserved, adding a nice additional interest to the fossil. These crinoids are very sought after and not easy to find these days and this one is a fine example. Crinoids of this size and quality are rarely offered for sale. It is a heavy piece, weighing 1160 grams. A real one-off fossil.
Around 196 million years old (Sinemurian, Early Jurassic), this fossil would make a wonderful addition to any collection.